Troopers from SD, Minnesota plan Interstate 90 Memorial Day weekend crackdown


PIERRE, S.D. –  Troopers from the South Dakota Highway Patrol and Minnesota State Patrol will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety, Memorial Day weekend crackdown starting Friday morning.

The two agencies along with other law enforcement departments are participating in the annual  I-90 Safety Operation taking place from 5 a.m  Friday, May 26, to 4 a.m. Saturday, May 27.

South Dakota troopers will patrol Interstate 90 from Wyoming to Minnesota while the Minnesota State Patrol covers between the South Dakota border and Wisconsin. Troopers are cracking down on speed, hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and impaired driving. The operation includes use of patrol aircraft, personnel with police service dogs, drug recognition experts and motor carrier personnel.

Traffic is expected to be heavy because it is the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer travel season.

While I-90 is the focus, troopers also will monitor other state and county roads , especially those that might be used to avoid the state-line ports of entry.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. 701-451-5665
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